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The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/31/14|
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/31/14|
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Reading, Residency||1/2/15|
A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Publication||1/4/15|
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award
A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||1/15/15|